Making records is an opaque process. There are a lot of steps to take and decisions to make that don’t always explain themselves very well. This is not intended to be a guide to making records – please see the Simple Machines Mechanics Guide, or for a detailed explanation of making the record itself I really like the explanation at Aardvark Mastering – but I am sharing this information in the hopes that it will help clarify the process of making and pricing a new record.
Vinyl mastering: $436.97
Vinyl manufacturing: $1587.22
Center label printing: $135
Insert printing: $305.67
Outer jacket printing: $1181.44
Edition of 500 copies
Each copy cost $7.29 to manufacture
After production costs are recouped, all proceeds will be split 50/50 between the band and the label.
Proceeds from all digital sales belong 100% to the band
email jabsrecords at gmail.com with any questions or for information about vendors
Keep in mind that paypal takes 88 cents from each sale of this record (30 cent fixed fee plus 2.9%).
LP mailers cost $1.49 each. Media mail costs $2.89 for a single LP sent anywhere in the US.